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How to Reduce the Possibility of Receiving Spam Emails

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According to Wikipedia, a spam email is a bulky or junk email being sent to numerous recipients without solicitation. All of us email users are aware of this but spammers are almost everywhere and no matter what we do, we cannot seem to avoid them. However, there are many things we can do to minimize the possibility of receiving them. Here are some of them that are very easy to do.

Ignore them

If you receive emails from unknown sources, simply ignore them. Do not even dare to unsubscribe to them through the link at the end of the message. Note that the purpose of the spammers is to know if our email address is live and they can just change the title and send it again to you. Avoid chain emails talking about religious stuff, Viagra, horoscope and others. Instead of sharing them to others, delete them at once. If you will be receiving them from your friends and relatives, advise them to refrain from doing this.

Avoid free trials

Free trial software is very tempting to try but downloading them is not advisable. Worst is you will be submitting some of your personal information and if you do this, expect more spam emails. Do not even purchase from any unconfirmed products on line. Although they may be legitimate, your personal information may not be safe enough to reveal. Remember, there is really no such thing as free enterprise. If you need to purchase something, search the web and double check its authenticity.

Hide your email address

Do not expose your email address anywhere. If you really have to inform your readers, use the word at instead of the symbol @. This is because most spammers get email addresses through scanning. In your blog, use a contact from wherein your email address cannot be seen. For contests, comments and other not so personal purposes, use a separate email address to protect your primary email address. But the most important thing is to share it to trusted people only.

Finally, protect and educate yourself. Use the tools provided by your email service provider. Read articles about them and educate yourself. There are also a lot of free spam blockers and filters around to help us like Stop Spam Center.

An off-topic piece of advice, do not capitalize the word spam unless you are referring to SPAM canned foods.

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Article Source: Humane Blogging Tips

9 comments:

  Anonymous

June 1, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Use a temporary email service like www.mytrashmail.com and all your spam problems are solved.

This is a great free service you can use when you sign up newsletters. You wont need a password nor login.

Check it out and if you like it please write an article about it.

Cheers

Michael

  Guardian Angel

June 1, 2008 at 3:58 PM

I checked the site Michael. I think I should try it and maybe make a post about it later.

Thanks for the suggestion.

  Jena Isle

June 2, 2008 at 6:29 PM

WOW ,, ENTRECARD IS BACK!!! You're the first blog I dropped on. I noticed your card back with the word DROP..and I tried and it worked.

Happy blog hopping.

  nepspeed82

June 2, 2008 at 9:41 PM

I receive lots of spams everyday especially in my google mail. One culprit to blame for a lot of spam is also the forums. There are a lot of forums out there like photoshop resource, torrent forums, rapidshare related etc. that present themselves as resource guides about this and that but end up selling your emails to spammers.

Nowadays I don't sign-up to a lot of forums unless I've backed-up my decision to sign-up with good background research.

  Guardian Angel

June 3, 2008 at 5:58 AM

Yes, Jena. EC has been up since last night. Back to dropping.

Hi nepspeed82,

I saw you tracker widget and I noticed you're a Digg fanatic. Maybe that's where you get the Spam emails.

I think forum posting is good to promote yourself for free, as long as you go to the good ones like digitalpoint, sitepoint and Pinoyexchange.

Thanks.

  Jeflin

June 3, 2008 at 8:14 PM

Free trials are the worst, I once signed up for a horoscope service and it has been sending me spam ever since.

These companies do not realize that they are making a nuisance of themselves. How can they achieve sales when the customers are fed up already?

Jeff
http://jeflin.net

  Guardian Angel

June 4, 2008 at 5:56 AM

Hi Jeflin,

Actually, these spammers do not care for anything but sales and they will do anything just to get them.

Thanks for dropping by.

  Link Building Bible

June 4, 2008 at 6:42 AM

I hate spam.... i get some much on gmail... its pretty much all filtered out, but it's still pretty annoying!

  Guardian Angel

June 4, 2008 at 5:54 PM

Hi Breakaway,

Just as I thought gmail is not prone to spammers. I would like to transfer from yahoo but now I am having a second thought.

Thanks for sharing.